PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has asked religious leaders in the country to preach and enlighten their congregations on good morals and the tenets of proper societal behaviour in a quest to help the nation reduce incidents of crime.
The president made the appeal on Monday evening when opening the 2012 Better Living Symposium organized by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. In his speech read on his behalf by the Minister of State in the President's Office (Civil Societies Relations and Coordination) Mr Stephen Wasira, President Kikwete said that the nation is witnessing crimes perpetrated by people who lack good morals.
"Lack of good morals is a major problem that we face in this country. Most people, especially youths, engage in all sorts of criminal behaviour and without your (Religious Leaders) intervention our nation will be in danger," he said.
The president said that immoral conduct also leads to an increase in HIV/AIDS infections especially among the youth and thus leading to poor human resource development. President Kikwete cautioned the public against crimes calling on the religious leaders to enlighten their followers on the effects of the disease.
On the other hand, Mr Kikwete asked the religious organizations to set up vocational training centres to supplement the government's efforts in development of skills and knowledge among the youth. According to the president, the nation has only a few vocational training centres that cannot cater for all students who need educational skills.
The ten-day Better Living Symposium is also attended by high profile government leaders who will offer input on various issues related to better life.